3 Easy Jarred Foodie Christmas Gifts {and we were on the news!}

by Lauren

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First, our second appearance on San Diego Living was yesterday! 

Check out our live demo on how to make some gifts from the kitchen:

Gifts From The Little Yellow Kitchen


We made jarred Peppermint Hot Cocoa, Christmas M&M Oatmeal Cookies, and Curried Lentil Soup. We also made quite a mess on the set. Flour, cocoa powder and lentils were everywhere!

It was a ton of fun and now we want to share the recipes with you. Your coworkers, friends, and family will literally LOVE you if you give them a homemade gift like this. Each of these are so quick and simple to make too.

*See video where we actually managed to (sort of) make all three in under 5 minutes!


Curried Lentil Soup

Ingredient List
2 bay leaves
1 dried chile pepper
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder (sealed in a plastic bag or sachet)
5 sun-dried tomatoes (not oil-packed)
1/2 cup red lentils
1/2 cup green lentils
1/2 cup red lentils
1/2 cup green lentils
3/4-liter glass jar (or you can halve the recipe for a 16-ounce jar)

Directions for the Gift Tag

Heat 3 tablespoons butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add 4 smashed garlic cloves and 1 diced onion and saute 6 minutes. Add the contents of the spice bag, the bay leaves and chile pepper from the Curried Lentil Soup mix and cook about 3 minutes. Add the rest of the soup mix and 8 cups water or chicken broth; simmer until the lentils are soft, about 1 hour. Season with salt.

For friends with a sweet tooth, try one of these:


Christmas M&M Oatmeal Cookies


1 1/3 cups flour

1/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup M&Ms

1 cup regular oats

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt


Layer the following in a 1 quart jar:

Mix flour, salt & baking soda, place in bottom of jar



Brown Sugar (firmly packed)


Screw lid on tightly. 

Instructions for Gift Tag

Mix jar contents with 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Drop by 2 tablespoons on cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 350°


Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Adapted from Sunset Magazine

Layer ingredients in a 16-ounce jar this order:
1/2 cup powdered milk
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup miniature chocolate chips
1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy
Makes 6 servings

Instructions for Gift Tag
Mix contents in a large bowl. For each serving, place 1/3 cup cocoa mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup boiling water. Store remaining mix in airtight container.


For the free downloadable gift tags click here!

Merry (almost) Christmas!

From the Little Yellow Kitchen,


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